Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Flying 86

Here on racefriv we try to keep most of our content original but this is just to good not to share. If there is one thing we all agree on here at racefriv is that the AE86 is an awesome car and dedication at this level to any Motorsport we can appreciate. Ive been following Taka since college, I even had a mural of Taka's car shantely painted on my apt wall in college (not a joke I really did that), and all that is part of the reason why I own my 86 today, which was the first car ever to be on this blog. Needless to say Taka is an inspiration to us all and Im glad someone took the time to put it in a video. Long live The Flying 86.

 

PRIVATEER: Taka Aono + The Flying 86 [Documentary] from Flying Boy Films on Vimeo.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dixie Nationals: Autocross

I'm pretty good at autocrossing.  I win my class several times a year at local events, and I'm never far behind when I'm not first.  That is at the local level, though.  I recently went to a national level event to find out how fast I really am.

The grid for Heat 3 of 5 at the Dixie National Autocross Tour
There are 10 events on the SCCA Autocross National Championship Tour.  Nine regional events and the National Championship itself.  The season starts with the Dixie National Tour right here in Georgia.  I took my Z06 down to see how I stack up against the big boys.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Subaru Global Rally Test session, an inside look.

Serendipity: [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]  noun -
the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

That was Thursday for Racefriv, when we happened across a facebook post by Sverre Isachsen showing some photos of the team conducting some testing in "Atlanta".  We of course recognized the backdrop as Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton and so we went to go and chat.


 
Read below the jump for some insight into a GRC teams pre-season testing

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Project Scrap Metal: Update 9


The last time we talked about project scrap metal I was at Nopi and explained how I destroyed the clutch towards the end of the last day. The car has always felt good but always a little strange as it felt like the clutch was slipping ever since I dropped it in and at Nopi my feelings were confirmed when I toasted the clutch so bad I could barely get it back on the trailer. Well its time to remedy these issues! So click read more to check out the clutch swap and all the other improvements I made over the winter break to project scrap metal. 




Saturday, February 8, 2014

PRI Show

Falling snow, 20 mph sustained winds, snow plows and flashing lights are all things that anyone travelling from Atlanta to Indianapolis would consider a blizzard, but to locals, it was just a slight flurry.  Although waking up in a rest stop parking lot on interstate 65 after driving non stop all night to the sight of four inches of sticking snow was an exotic sight, we had to get moving.  We cranked the rental Camry and continued our pilgrimage to the less known trade show, the one they call “PRI.”



Editors Note: This is Matt first post on racefriv! Welcome to the team bro! Click the jump for more insanity from PRI.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rally around 2014

Phil Ball here, to give you a preview of an exciting year for Rally enthusiasts.
This last week or two has seen some interesting announcements from both the FIA and GRC, as well a TV deal for Rally America.  Hit the jump for info on an area of motorsport that is still growing.
 
Check it out after the JUMP (pun intended)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 and 100,000 Views!

Wow it's already at the end of the year and it just went by faster than a Veyron. It's been a busy year in my personal life (I got married!) and my car life ( "finished" the vert, tons of meets, RallyX, GRC, NOPI etc.. etc..) and thanks to racefriv I got a chance to share some of it with the world. I have to admit I was a bit slow on posting to the blog this year, but that's OK, racefriv is getting more views than ever, showing that it is gaining a little traction even if it's at a slow pace. We just hit 100,000 views on the site a few days ago! Woot! Thanks everyone for reading. In celebration I grabbed a few of my favorite photos from Phil Ball, Christian Retter, Russel Klem, Kevin Lu and myself and posted them below, hit the jump and check it out theres a ton of links and a ton of awesome photos. Remember to click on the photos for wallpaper size!!




Friday, December 6, 2013

FY Friday: Ryan Tureck takes on the Oregon Trail

If you need a little inspiration to get to work on that drift car of yours for next year than look no further than here. Ryan Tureck has had some pretty badass videos with Network A this year but this one takes the cake. I can think of nothing more perfect than an FR-S with a shit ton of horse power on this open road. Its just pure bliss and the most Fuck Yes video Ive seen in a long time. Hit play, turn it up, sit back and enjoy.


Monday, December 2, 2013

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I've decided to write my own little post on my own little blog, about the death of Paul Walker. This is the first celebrity death that has any effect on me, Phil Ball and I talked a bit about it, and I think I figured out why. I thought of Paul, even though I never met him, as an old friend, and I think lot of car enthusiasts my age do. Why? you may ask.... Let me set the scene for you, I turned 16 on March 19 2001 and The Fast and the Furious came out just two months later on June 22 2001. Imagine finally getting your driving license in your hand, you're already into cars... then boom F&F...  Mind Blown.   The impact of that insane movie inspired countless souls to get into the car scene and it brought the import scene into the main stream. I was already hard into cars by the time I saw F&F. I didn't care about the crust-less Tuna, the two bottles of NOS, or bearings flying out of the dash, I was just so excited to see something up on the big screen I truly cared about. My hobby, my people, my cars, up on the big screen, being shown off to the whole world. The best part about the series was that it turned so many people on to a hobby they didn't even know about, inspiring an entire generation, whether people care to admit it or not.  Say what you want about the movies, but the car scene would not be what it is today with out the F&F movies and Paul.



I think of the entire cast of the F&F as old friends as they, in a way, grew up with me and the rest of us who were into cars at the time. Another reason why it's so sad to so many people is that Paul was a true car guy in real life just like us, but living out the dream that most of us wanted to. He was Brian O'Conner, just a regular guy that got into the scene in a weird way and came out with some friends and a new perspective on life just like the rest of us and just like Paul himself. The world is truly worse off without him, we could use a lot more Paul Walkers these days.
-Ish

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Internet Love: OUTSIDERS

You may have heard of Driftworks before, you may have not, If you havent they are the go to place in the UK for anything drift related. They build some amazing cars and a few years back they took a pretty long trip to Japan to check out the drift scene and they filmed the whole thing. Now two years after the DVD released they put it up on youtube for free and its amazing. So sit back and enjoy all things Japan, narrated by some British dudes for a whole hour and a half.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Get Involved - Corner Work

The series continues with the best way to get up close and personal with professional race cars:  Corner Work.

Get Involved is a series of posts detailing a forms of grassroots motorsports on a weekly basis.  I write these posts with one goal:  To get you to bring your car to an entry level motorsport event.  I want you to stop buying parts, stop planning for 'some day,' stop building the perfect car, and register for an event.  It is ridiculously easy to have fun with your car right now, as you're currently driving it.  You don't need a racing license.  You don't need a roll cage, a fire suit, or expensive modifications.  You do need $40, a valid state issued drivers license, and a car in safe driving condition.  It doesn't matter if its a stock Camry, a tuned Civic, or a $75k Corvette, there's a place for you.  There are a number of ways to get started - whether you want to drive on asphalt, dirt, or a race track.  Maybe you don't have a car you're willing to autocross or PDX?  Maybe you prefer working behind the scenes, making larger events possible.  Or maybe you like earning discounted track time?  You can still get involved with racing - in fact you can get closer than any ticket you can purchase will allow.

You can see the full list of event types here: Get Involved.  This page will be updated as each installment is posted.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Internet Love: Bring Back the Touge

Old school Toyotas, Tire smoke, and crazy high production value make for one of racefriv's favorite drift video shorts in a long time. Ive seen a few post on speedhunters about this Cressida if you wanted to know more about it. Watch it and enjoy!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nopi 2013: Drifting, Stance and Everything in Between.

So Im little late on writing this post but better late than never. Nopi this year decided to hold a small drift expo with its usual show and I have to say It felt really good to get invited and even better to actually have as much fun as I did. Drift events are usually show up, setup, slide all day, pack up and go home. But with Nopi it had a really laid back atmosphere, since it was a 2 day event there was no rush to drift as much as possible, and of course there was a giant car show going on all around us to check out during breaks. It was a really good time, so click read more to check out some of the awesome drifting and really awesome cars that came out for the Nopi car show.



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Internet love: Team Yellow

Ive been following the Team Yellow guys from Norway for a long time now, and its looks like they have really expanded over the years. Seems like a really cool group of guys that are really into everything horse power related. Road Racing and Drifting seems to be there jam, and reminds me a lot of the racefriv crew if all of our cars where painted the same, Subarus, Nissans, Corollas. Wait a minute......that gives me a good idea....Anyways check the Tandem of Die video below to check out Europe's own Team Yellow.


Team Yellow 2013 from Team Yellow on Vimeo.

Also Ive  been slacking on the blog lately, but good news, NOPI, scooter projects and other random shit will soon be back on the blog like normal. Thanks for staying tuned everyone.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Project: Red Rocket - A Little Mud on the Tires

The Atlanta Region SCCA put together their first rallycross event last month, so I was finally able to take the Eclipse out for some fun!  The track consisted of some sections on a dirt oval with a couple of detours through the grass infield.

Photo Credit: John Schellenberg
The Red Rocket in its new playground.
Read on after the jump to see how the GSX fared in its first outing.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Motorsports Trends, which sports are hot and which ones are losing fans?

Ish and I were talking at lunch about motorsports because we are both driving in events this weekend.  He's drifting and I'm going to do some solo rallycross again.  We had this long discussion (for the most part we agreed which is rare) about which sports are growing and which ones are losing fans.  This was all just hot air and bench racing until I remembered that it's possible to use the Google trends analysis to gauge interest in certain search terms.  Now we can reveal which sports are as hot as "Miley Cyrus VMA Twerking" and which ones are dying the slow death of "Yolo Swagger". You'll need java enabled to see the charts embedded in this post

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Get Involved - Drag Racing

The series continues with the first form of motorsport:  Drag Racing.


Get Involved is a series of posts detailing a forms of grassroots motorsports on a weekly basis.  I write these posts with one goal:  To get you to bring your car to an entry level motorsport event.  I want you to stop buying parts, stop planning for 'some day,' stop building the perfect car, and register for an event.  It is ridiculously easy to have fun with your car right now, as you're currently driving it.  You don't need a racing license.  You don't need a roll cage, a fire suit, or expensive modifications.  You do need $40, a valid state issued drivers license, and a car in safe driving condition.  It doesn't matter if its a stock Camry, a tuned Civic, or a $75k Corvette, there's a place for you.  There are a number of ways to get started - whether you want to drive on asphalt, dirt, or a race track.

You can see the full list of event types here: Get Involved.  This page will be updated as each installment is posted.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Project: Red Rocket - Alive and Driving

Its been a busy six weeks since my last post for the Eclipse.  I left you with a car that was running - barely. It would overheat, wouldn't shift into 2nd and wouldn't pull full power.  Well, after a few new parts, some troubleshooting, and a lot of elbow grease, she is up to full power!  It turned out that getting it running was only the first half of the battle.  Read on after the jump to see the completion of the project.

The Red Rocket makes is debut on Main Street.



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Racefriv Fab: Welding Differentials

I've always loved fabricating things, it's one of my favorite things to do and its actually rare that I get to break out the welder but lately I've been trying to change that. When my good bud JJ asked me to weld his diff for his beast V8 S13 build I went by, picked it up and got to the melting.  While I was at it I took some pictures to share with everyone. So click read more to check out my welding setup and what it looks like to weld a diff.



 Full Disclosure: I am not a master welder by any means, nor do I claim to be an professional diff welder, this is how I do it, weld your drivetrain parts at your own risk.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A rare Z06 Carbon edition comes to town.


I recently had the pleasure of photographing a friends Supersonic blue Z06 carbon edition Corvette.  Before I was contacted about the shoot I didn't even know such a thing existed, so I wanted to share the photos and delve into the details.